Monday, January 24, 2005

You Shall be Free

The author of this poem, Trinidad L. Tarrosa is aFilipino poet during pre-war period and is known forher poems and sonnets that talk about love. In thispoem, the persona sets his beloved free although itpains him/her to do so. This poem was able to touch mebecause as a young woman, I believe that I was able toexperience love. Although at the beginning things mayseem to be working well, I have to accept that mestrong feelings would not always be reciprocated.

Melinda Yoingco

Trinidad L. Tarrosa

I will not hold you by restraining hands
Nor yet by tears that silently accuse,
You shall be free—like waters on the strands
That come and go and tarry as they choose.
I will not speak of days sweet to remember,
Of lanes we trod through April sun and shower,
Of twilight tryst through early-starred November,
Prolonged each twilight by an evening hour—
No, not a word to hint of that or this,
Lest speaking so, your going I impede.
I will resign myself to all that is—
Like unto sands when cooling waves recede.
O while the strength of seeing love undone
Still stands by me, I pray you, Love, be gone.


Anonymous said...

I think the persona in the poem has chosen to let go of her loved one. The persona says that she will not stop her loved one from going away... but I think she still loves him and it pains her to do so. This is because as she expresses the ways by which she could stop her lover, she recounts the times when they're together, like trodding through the lanes during April, like looking at the stars, etc. She remembers those things even though I think she just represses them, so that her conviction to let go of her loved one will not be weakened. At the end, she even says that she prays that her loved one be gone, because in my opinion, she could no longer hold back her feelings for him if he wouldn't just go immediately. If he didn't go, after the "strength of seeing love undone" has abandoned her, she would do all the things that she said she wouldn't do. In other words, she has chosen to let go of her loved one even if the feeling's still there, lingering in the memories when they were still together.

-Marvin Pedregosa

Anonymous said...

i think real love is when you're willing to set the one you love free if it's what's best for him. besides, no one can't force love to happen.
- annalou maxine l. pagador

Anonymous said...

I like this poem because it's able to convey its message clearly. One could easily understand what the poem is talking about and that is; letting go of a loved one. I like the images used in the poem ( ex. “Like unto sands when cooling waves recede") because they represent very well what the persona is experiencing. I also like the way the author used figures of speech to make the poem more dramatic. (ex. "Nor yet by tears that silently accuse.") Overall, the words used to convey the images were very well chosen and these make the poem very dramatic and “touching”.
- Richmond Valdellon-

Anonymous said...

Often we cling to our beloved because of emotions and experiences. We immerse ourselves in the thought that we have loved so much, given so much and have simply gone through so much with our loved one. Though we know that this "so much" is now only "this much" or perhaps "too much" for our beloved, we refuse to release because of our investment. However, the poem speaks of the classic truth that love is not about saving to secure ourselves. Love is truly about wishing the good and even the best for a person and doing everything in one's power to make that wish come true. Love is doing so freely and entirely even if the price of such is pain.

Ayee Macaraig
I - AB Communication
Ateneo de Manila University
Friend of Chia Roxas and James Sta. Isabel